We don’t know what intoxicant or drug may have impaired a wrong-way driver on the Everett Turnpike last Friday night week. But the result — two young lives lost — is another reminder of what a potentially deadly weapon we wield whenever we get behind the wheel.

The wrong-way driver, Vincent Forgione of Windham, was just 24. The other driver, Elizabeth Croke of Merrimack, was just 20. Their lives were senselessly cut short.

It makes us think that a legislative bill being backed by New Hampshire law enforcement is a good idea. It would make an open container of marijuana in a motor vehicle subject to the same criminal penalties as those for having an open can of beer or bottle of liquor.

The current open container penalty is an effort to discourage drinking while driving. That is also the intent of Senate Bill 60. A violation would result in a $150 fine and, at a judge’s discretion, the suspension of the driver’s license.

The marijuana lobby sees this as an attack on its efforts to decriminalize pot. Tuftonboro Police Chief Andrew Shagoury begs to differ. “This is not about criminalizing marijuana, not about punishing therapeutic marijuana. It’s about safety on the roads.”

An objection to the bill came from users of therapeutic pot. They worry that having to put their pot into a car’s trunk on a hot day will melt their gummy bears before they get home from the dispensary. We suggest they find a cooler. Better a bag of ice for the pot than a body bag for an innocent young life.

Friday, June 18, 2021

The latest wrong thing being done in Washington is the Biden administration decision this week to help biological men invade the world of women’s sports.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The City of Nashua made news, and noise, in a couple of respects last week. One had the local politicians in an uproar because a tax cap protecting citizens was reinstated by the Legislature. The other had some citizens, and police, concerned about letting City Hall, rather than Concord, dec…

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic we have maintained that Gov. Chris Sununu handled the emergency superbly. That is why New Hampshire weathered the crisis well relative to most other states. It is also why the voters overwhelmingly returned the young governor to office last November.

In an opinion piece for this weekend’s Sunday News, state Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut makes the case for the passage of legislation regarding what should and shouldn’t be taught in our schools relative to race and discrimination. We recommend his piece to readers. We urge legisl…

Friday, June 11, 2021
Wednesday, June 09, 2021

The punishment (and attendant reeducation) of two Bedford police officers may have been a bit harsh for their offense but that’s difficult to determine. In fact, Chief John Bryfonski has not shed much light on l’affaire TikTok, in which two of his men using the video social platform apparent…

Columnist George Will had a nice turn of phrase last week for what New Hampshire’s congressional delegation and Democrats nationally are up to with their attempt to nationalize elections. Will says it “reflects an appetite for constitutional vandalism.”

Sunday, June 06, 2021